For the 16th season of Dancing With the Stars, pro dancer Kym Johnson will be sharing the inside scoop with Life & Style readers! In the first edition of her weekly blog, Kym talks about how excited she was to find out that Ingo Rademacher was her partner, how great he is at dancing and what we can expect when the new celebs take the dance floor. Check back every week for more scoop from Kym!
I am so excited for this new season to begin! We’ve got all new celebrities that haven’t danced before starting from scratch and it’s really thrilling. I’ve heard all of the stars are planning to bring their A-game! I think the standards are going to be set very from all the contestants.
The best part about prepping for the new season was being able to have some of my first rehearsals in beautiful Hawaii, where my partner, Ingo Rademacher, lives. It’s been so amazing. We were actually able to fit in some fun activities while we’ve been here. So we rehearsed about five hours a day and then we went and jumped in the ocean afterwards. I even learned how to paddle board! We danced right on the sand and got to work on our tans — a DWTS must!
I was so excited when I found out that I was paired with Ingo. He’s a fellow Aussie, so we’ve been talking in Aussie slang. The producers don’t know what we’re talking about and it’s been really fun. In addition to being a blast to work with, Ingo has already proved himself to be an incredible partner. He is picking things up very quickly. He’s got a natural talent and I’m really impressed with how he’s doing, plus he looks good! He’s handsome and he can move! So we’re definitely off to a good start.
Since I won’t be able to see the other couples dance until tonight, Ingo and I haven’t been able to size up our competition just yet. But I am looking forward to seeing the other stars dance! I think Kellie Pickler is going to be adorable and a crowd favorite. I also think Sean Lowe from The Bachelor is going to be able to swoon the ladies. He seems like a really nice guy and I’m sure he will come across well.
Also, Lisa Vanderpump. I am a big fan of hers! I love watching the Housewives. She’s really elegant and graceful and I think that she’s one to watch, for sure. I think fans of the show are going to be excited to see how she’s going to dance and I think she’s going to surprise a lot of people.
One person I am going to miss this season is Maks Chmerkovskiy. But I’m sure he’s going to be around because Val is on the show, so I’m positive he’s going to be at the shows supporting his brother. Maks is a part of Dancing With the Stars and always will be.
I’m really looking forward to this season. Everyone should tune in tonight to see what Ingo and I have up our sleeves. We’re definitely going to surprise a lot of people with our routine. It’s contemporary, so it’s going to be very different. For a first dance, it’s pretty good. I have a feeling this is going to be a spectacular season!
Tune in to see Kym and Ingo rock out on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. Be sure to follow Kym's new post Mondays on Lifeandstylemag.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @kym_johnson.
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